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Friday
Oct132017

Jussie Smollett reveals how he made his Langston Hughes role in "Marshall" a full biopic

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Jussie Smollett stars as the prolific poet and activist Langston Hughes in the Thurgood Marshall biopic, Marshall. While the Empire star says he only has a "small cameo," in the film, Smollett says the opportunity to portray Hughes was welcomed -- but definitely unexpected.

"I was doing the Image Awards and I was singing a tribute to John Legend and Reggie [Hudlin] came up to me and said, 'Listen.. we're doing the Thurgood Marshall with Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad and Sterling Brown and all of these amazing... Kate Hudson.. amazing actors,'" Smollett tells ABC Radio. "And he said, 'I'd love it if you'd come play Langston Hughes.'"

After he got over the initial shock of the film's director asking him to play one of his icons, the actor says he quickly realized the bigger opportunity in taking the smaller part.

"I told him I would do it on one condition," Smollett explains. "He said, 'What?' I said, 'Within three to four years we're doing the full Langston Hughes story. And he said, 'Done.' So I went on and did it and had an amazing time."

Smollett continues: "And the night before I went up to Buffalo to film it, I went and sat in front of Hughes house in Harlem and I've been able to go in now and visit and walk around and feel it and it's just incredible. I LOVE Langston Hughes."

Marshall hits theaters today.

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Friday
Oct132017

Billy Joel set for "Miami 2018" on New Year's Eve

Credit: Myrna SuarezOne of Billy Joel's classic songs is "Miami 2017," and last December 31, he rang in 2017 just 30 miles away from Miami, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.  He's going to continue that tradition this year.

The Piano Man has announced a December 31 show at the BB&T Center, starting at 9:30 p.m., so he can be sure to be on stage for the big countdown.  This is actually the third consecutive year that Joel will be spending New Year's Eve performing at this particular venue in Florida.

American Express card members can purchase tickets for the concert starting Monday, October 16, at 10 a.m. ET.  The general public can get in on the act on Friday, October 20, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

Between now and then, Billy's got a few other dates scheduled, including three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his ongoing residency. 

Here are all of Joel's upcoming 2017 concerts:

10/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/3 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/18 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
12/8 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
12/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
12/31 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center

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Friday
Oct132017

Listen now: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross cover John Carpenter's "Halloween" theme

Sacred Bones Records/The Null CorporationTrent Reznor is celebrating Friday the 13th with a tribute to one of the most iconic horror movies of all time. The Nine Inch Nails frontman and his frequent collaborator, Atticus Ross, have shared a cover of the theme from John Carpenter's classic 1978 film, Halloween. You can download the track now via digital outlets.

"I clearly remember my friends and I at 13 years old conning our parents into letting us see Halloween when it came out in 1978," says Reznor. "We left the theater forever changed. We were damaged and scarred, with the s*** genuinely scared out of us and that theme stuck firmly in our heads. John Carpenter, it's your fault that I turned out the way I did."

"Moody and dark, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' version of "Halloween" does amazing justice to the original," adds Carpenter. "I'm impressed." Carpenter, by the way, composed the theme himself back in the day.

A collection of newly recorded versions Carpenter's movie themes, titled Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, will be released on October 20.

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Friday
Oct132017

Bob Seger unveils full details of upcoming studio album, "I Knew You When"

Capitol Records/UMeHe may love that old-time rock and roll, but Bob Seger is getting ready to release some brand-new rock music in the coming weeks. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has unveiled full details of his forthcoming studio album, I Knew You When, which will arrive in stores on November 17.

The album, which is available in a 10-song standard version and a 13-track deluxe edition, can be pre-ordered now at BobSeger.com. I Knew You When features Seger's cover of the late Lou Reed's "Busload of Faith," which he released to radio last month, and which is now available as a digital single and via streaming services.

The album, which was recorded in Nashville and Detroit, also features a rendition of the late Leonard Cohen's politically charged "Democracy," while the deluxe edition includes Seger's heartfelt tribute to his late friend Glenn Frey of The Eagles -- "Glenn Song." Bob has dedicated the record as a whole to Glenn.

The standard version of I Knew You When can be purchased on CD and as a 130-gram vinyl LP, and the deluxe edition will be available on CD, as a digital download and via select streaming services.

A limited number of special bundles featuring versions of the album packaged with Seger-themed merch items will be sold exclusively at BobSeger.com.

As previously reported, Seger recently postponed the last 19 dates of his 2017 fall tour with his Silver Bullet Band because of an emergency medical issue involving his back. No word yet on when the shows will be rescheduled.

Here is the track list of I Knew You When:

"Gracile"
"Busload of Faith"
"The Highway"
"I Knew You When"
"I'll Remember You"
"The Sea Inside"
"Marie"
"Runaway Train"
"Something More"
"Democracy"
"Forward into the Past"*
"Blue Ridge"*
"Glenn Song"*

*= deluxe album only

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Friday
Oct132017

Pink's 10-month-old son Jameson is not a fan of her music

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCPink stopped by The Tonight Show, on Thursday to talk about her seventh album, Beautiful Trauma, her upcoming tour and her appearance on this weekend's edition of Saturday Night Live. She also revealed that her 10-month old son Jameson is not a fan of her music.

The 38-year-old singer -- who also has a six-year-old daughter named Willow -- told host Jimmy Fallon that her son will only allow her sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" -- on one condition:

"Well, it's repetitive, so I have to keep [singing the song in a higher pitch each time] and get as high as I possibly can," she says. "And then it's over, and then he cries."

Earlier, Pink lent her voice to some of host Fallon's #FallSongs.

Fallon's weekly "Tonight Show Hashtags" usually features him reading his favorite viewer tweets with a hashtag he's chosen, but this time, Pink sang them, backed by Jimmy's house band, The Roots.

Here are a few examples:

To the tune of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" she sang "Fall is here/To remind you/Of the allergies you thought went away/Fall don't care/If it's colder/Cuz you've got to breathe that autumn air/Ahh-ahh choo/Blow your nose."

Eurythmics' 1983 hit, "Sweet Dreams, became "Big trees are made of leaves/Who am I to disagree/I travel the world for the pumpkin seeds/Everybody's waiting for Santa."

Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" now went, "Lil witch/You can't trick me if you wanted to/These expensive, these is orange bottoms/These is pumpkin shoes."

Pink's Beautiful Trauma is available now.

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Friday
Oct132017

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock New American Idol judge Lionel Richie has joined the all-star cast of Kenny Rogers’ final concert October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Lionel wrote Kenny’s classic “Lady.”

Nineties hitmakers Terri ClarkPam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss are hitting the road on a new tour called Chicks with Hits. It kicks off October 19 in Clayton, North Carolina.

Toby Keith’s The Bus Songs just clocked its fourth consecutive week at the top of Billboard’s Comedy Albums chart.

If you missed Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charley Pride performing his classic, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” Thursday on ABC’s The View, you can now watch it online.

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Friday
Oct132017

"Every Little Thing" you need to know about Carly Pearce is out there now

Big MachineCarly Pearce was once a teen from Kentucky who convinced her parents to let her quit school so she could chase her musical dreams and sing at Dollywood.  Now, she’s a newcomer with a major-label deal, a top-ten hit, and a debut album that arrives on Friday.

“I really can’t believe it,” Carly admits. “Like, I can’t believe that I have an album out and that I made this dream that I had as a little girl to be a female that had the opportunity to maybe be somebody in country music and make a mark...just that that opportunity has kind of started to bud a little bit. So I’m just really thankful.”

Carly’s first album takes its name from her breakthrough hit, “Every Little Thing.” Though the song is based on a relationship that ended badly, the title turned out to be the perfect name for her first recording.

“I feel like this album is going to give you an inside look into every little thing about me,” she explains.  “What I loved growing up, the stories, the heartbreak, what makes me laugh, musical instruments that I love, the way that I sing. I just think that you’re going to hear and get to know me in such a deep way.”

Saturday night, Carly steps into her opening spot on label mate Brett Young’s Caliville Tour. On Monday, you can see her on the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.  

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Friday
Oct132017

Usher joins James Corden for a “Sexy Male Vocals Riff-off” on "The Late Late Show"

Terence Patrick ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedOn the Late Late Show with James Corden Thursday night, host James Corden complained to bandleader Reggie Watts that there just aren’t any sexy male vocalists anymore, except for himself.

James said, “I feel like there aren't male artists out there doing sensual soulful vocals any more, you know? Like it's not sexy any more, you know? Like I've done my part, I'm bringing sexy back.”  

The audience laughed as he added, “I think I'm probably the sexiest male vocalist alive.”

Then Usher, a guest on the night’s show, appeared and the audience went nuts. After some back and forth between the singer and the host, James said, “It sounds like you’re challenging me to a sexy male vocals riff-off.”

Then Usher introduced the a capella group, the Filharmonic and the showdown began. James kicked it off with a sweet version of K-Ci and Jo Jo’s "All My Life," after which Usher joked, “This is going to be easier than I thought.”

Then Usher brought the house down with his version of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me."

They were then joined by British theater star Luke Evans, also a guest on the night’s show, for a powerful take on Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” James admitted defeat, but Usher and Luke suggested that the three of them could be smooth sensual singers together.

Untied, they closed with a cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

Usher later joined James to promote the new Megastar app, for which he is the creative director. The app is “the world’s first entertainment and global talent competition app, where one contestant will win US 1 million dollars.”

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37 on CBS.

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Friday
Oct132017

Sammy Hagar turns 70 today; AXS TV to mark his birthday on Saturday with marathon of Hagar's reality show

Steve Jennings/WireImageSammy Hagar, the Red Rocker himself, celebrates his 70th birthday today. To mark the occasion, Hagar will be rocking out with a variety of his musical friends at the latest installment of his annual birthday bash concert series at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

AXS TV will be hosting its own 70th birthday celebration for Hagar this Saturday, October 14, airing a daylong marathon of Sammy's Rock and Roll Road Trip reality series that starts at 1 p.m. ET. Among the many guests featured on the various episodes being shown are Metallica's James Hetfield, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, John Mellencamp, Mick Fleetwood, Styx and ex-Eagle Don Felder. The marathon will end with an encore broadcast of the Dan Rather-hosted AXS TV series The Big Interview featuring Hagar airing at 8 p.m. ET.

Hagar first found rock stardom in the early '70s as the lead singer of Montrose. After leaving the band in 1975, Sammy forged a successful solo career that saw him score such hits as 1982's "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" and 1984's "I Can't Drive 55." Hagar found even greater success when he joined Van Halen in 1985, replacing founding frontman David Lee Roth. Sammy appeared on four chart-topping albums with the group before exiting Van Halen in 1996.

Since then, Hagar has toured and recorded with his longtime backing band The Wabos, the supergroup Chickenfoot -- featuring ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani -- and, most recently, The Circle, which also features Anthony, plus drummer Jason Bonham and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. If that wasn't enough, Hagar is a business mogul whose interests have included Cabo Wabo Tequila and the Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill franchise.

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Friday
Oct132017

Halsey's advice for female fans: "Never let anyone make you be one thing" 

ABC/Paula LoboIt's been a big week for Halsey: She performed on ABC's Good Morning America, was nominated for two American Music Awards and Saturday, she plays her home state of New Jersey on her tour in support of her #1 album hopeless fountain kingdom.  Halsey says the trek's been "outrageous, and kind of unbelievable," but challenging, too.

"The most important thing for me has been maintaining the intimacy of it, which is...difficult when you're in an arena," Halsey says. "I have people that are hundreds of feet away from me. How do I make them feel like I'm engaging with them directly?"

Her solution? A stage that allows her to pop up in different places. "I'm doing a lot of running, but it's really rewarding, 'cause I'm getting to hug a lot of fans and see a lot of people face-to-face, and maintain that bond," she says.

Halse's a role model for her fans: she thrives in an industry which doesn't always treat young women very well. Her advice for girls who want to follow in her footsteps?  Don't let anyone define you.

"As a woman...people will always expect you to be one thing," she cautions. "The 'good girl.' The 'good-girl-gone-bad.' 'America's sweetheart.' People love to pigeonhole you. Especially in media."

That's why Halsey says she had to explain why to fans how she can be on the cover of Playboy, and speak at a Planned Parenthood event.

"It's because I'm multiple things," she explains. "I'm a performer, but I'm also a sexually active young adult...and someone who suffers from a reproductive illness. I am all these different things, and I can speak on all of them."

"That's the most important thing for a young woman to remember," she adds. "Never let anyone make you be one thing." 

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Friday
Oct132017

Help Metallica put together their "...And Justice for All" and "The Black Album" reissues

ABC/Randy HolmesHaving already released deluxe reissues for Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning, and with a reissue of Master of Puppets on the way, Metallica has now set their sights on the next two albums in their chronology: 1988's ...And Justice for All and 1991's self-titled record, aka The Black Album.

And, as with the previous reissues, Metallica wants your help in crafting the releases.

"We're looking for anything and everything you might have from August 1987 through July 1993," the band says. "Photos (taken by you!), flyers, ticket stubs, backstage passes and whatever other mementos you may have from that time." They also request anyone who interviewed the band during that time and still has the recording to contact them.

If you'd like to submit something, you can email Submissions@MetClub.com.

"Nothing is too small or too trivial," the band says. "Share your archives with your fellow fans and have some fun with us walking down memory lane."

The Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning reissues were released last year, and the Master of Puppets collection will arrive on November 10.

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Friday
Oct132017

The Who's 2017 Tommy performance at the Royal Albert Hall released today on DVD, CD and other formats

Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe Who's special April 2017 benefit performance of its classic 1969 rock opera Tommy at London's famous Royal Albert Hall is the focus of new audio and home video releases that hit stores today.

Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall is available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital video, and as a two-CD set, a three-LP package and a digital album.

The concert, which raised money for the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust charity, marked the first time that The Who played Tommy in its entirety.

The performance was enhanced by a multimedia presentation that included specially created animated segments to accompany various tunes. Following the Tommy portion of the show, The Who played a set featuring various other classic tunes, including "Who Are You," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again."

The DVD and Blu-ray contain some bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes featurette, and a look at the animations for "The Acid Queen" and "Pinball Wizard," synched with the live audio of those songs.

Check out a video of The Who playing "Pinball Wizard" and a trailer for Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall at the band's official VEVO YouTube channel.

The Who just wrapped up its 2017 tour itinerary with a South American leg that wound down October 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Frontman Roger Daltrey will play a series of fall North American gigs with his solo backing group running from an October 30 show in Clearwater, Florida, through a November 6 and 8 stand in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Here's the full track list of Tommy -- Live at the Royal Albert Hall:

"Introduction"
"Overture"
"It's a Boy"
"1921"
"Amazing Journey"
"Sparks"
"Eyesight to the Blind (The Hawker)"
"Christmas"
"Cousin Kevin"
"The Acid Queen"
"Do You Think It's Alright?"
"Fiddle About"
"Pinball Wizard"
"There's a Doctor"
"Go to the Mirror!"
"Tommy Can You Hear Me?"
"Smash the Mirror"
"Underture"
"I'm Free"
"Miracle Cure"
"Sensation"
"Sally Simpson"
"Welcome"
"Tommy's Holiday Camp"
"We're Not Gonna Take It"

Encore:
"I Can't Explain"
"Join Together"
"I Can See for Miles"
"Who Are You"
"Love, Reign O'er Me"
"Baba O'Riley"
"Won't Get Fooled Again"

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Friday
Oct132017

Tye Tribbett's new album "The Bloody Win (Live)" is motivational, not "scary"

ABC RadioGrammy award-winning gospel artist Tye Tribbett's knows that the fact that he's releasing an album called The Bloody Win (Live) -- on Friday the 13th, no less --  may seem a bit "scary." 

Still, as he explains to ABC Radio, "I don't know if I'm scared or if it's a good omen. But it's all kind of falling into place."  

Tye assures fans that the album title doesn't have any sort of murderous meaning behind it, either. 

"It's basically... just because you take hits in life doesn't mean you lost," he tells ABC Radio. 

"Sometimes you gonna hold the belt up like Rocky [Balboa], with blood coming down your face, bruised and battered, but you're still a winner." 

He adds, "God told me sometimes that's what winning looks like. And I don't want people to be discouraged or get a wrong Hollywood idea [that] all winners [must] look all polished and nice...no! Winners take hits man!"

Tye also promises that the new disc which, like his previous projects, blends gospel with trap music, can be enjoyed by millennials, baby boomers and those in between. 

Tye says, "I'm 41 years old. You know what I mean? I'm like right in the middle."

"I understand grandmom. My kids are 11 and 14, so I understand the next generation. I understand the millennials and I understand baby boomers."

"The music that I make is music that I like," he adds. "If I don't like it, I don't put it out." 

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Friday
Oct132017

Nicki Minaj gives love to hip-hop, rumored boyfriend Nas and herself, in "XXL"'s 20th anniversary issue

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIn an interview in XXL's 20th anniversary issue, Nicki Minaj ticks off a list of hip-hop artists who she feels have made an impact in the genre for the past twenty years, including her rumored boyfriend, Nas

She says, "I would say Nas just because I'm from Queens and he really put us on the map on a different level."  

The trailblazing rap star also gives her thoughts on hip-hop being what Billboard recently called "the biggest music genre right now."

"It's no surprise to me...because hip-hop has always been barred from so much," Nicki explains. 

"I think people deem the hip-hop culture to be super credible and authentic, and I think people always want to get a piece of what is authentic. So you know, I think it only makes sense." 

As for her own role in hip-hop, Nicki calls it "super unique." 

"When my first album came out, there had been so much time where there wasn't a female rap album out that went platinum," she says. 

"There wasn't a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture." 

"[On] my first album, I had features with Eminem and Kanye [West]. I had so many big names on that first album. I don't think that's ever been done before on a female rap album." 

Nicki adds, "I think all the big, male artists also treated me with a sense of respect as a MC. They took me serious. If they were on a track with me, they knew they had to come hard. So, I'm really super proud of bringing that to the game as a female rapper."  

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Friday
Oct132017

Jack White announces in-store signings for "We're Going to Be Friends" book

ABC/Nicole WilderJack White has announced a pair of in-store signings and readings to celebrate the release of his new children's book We're Going to Be Friends, based on The White Stripes song of the same name.

The events will take place November 4 at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles, and November 11 at the B&N at Broadway and 82nd Street in New York City.

The book's illustrator, Elinor Blake, who's worked on The Ren and Stimpy Show and Pee Wee's Playhouse, will also participate in the signings.

The song "We're Going to Be Friends" appears on The White Stripes' 2001 album White Blood Cells. Jack and Meg White performed the track on Conan O'Brien's final episode hosting NBC's Late Night. To help celebrate the new book, O'Brien shared his remembrances of the "We're Going to Be Friends" performance in a new animated video, streaming now on YouTube.

The We're Going to Be Friends book will be available everywhere on November 21.

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Friday
Oct132017

Here's how you can "Divide" a pizza with Ed Sheeran

ABC/Paula LoboWhat could be better than getting a personal acoustic serenade from Ed Sheeran? Getting a personal acoustic serenade from Ed Sheeran...with pizza.

Ed has teamed up with the fundraising site Omaze and the AIDS charity (RED) to offer fans the chance to win a backstage pizza party with him in Los Angeles on December 1. He’ll sing the lucky winner a love song, then they’ll share some slices, drink some Coca-Cola and probably snap some selfies.

“We're gonna share two of the most emotional experiences that the world has to offer: a private acoustic performance of a love song and pizza,” Ed says in a video announcing the opportunity.

The clip also featured Ed playing a game where he tries to tell the difference between love song lyrics and pizza reviews.

To enter to win, all you have to do is make a donation through Omaze.com/Ed. Proceeds go to the Global Fund, which helps provide life-saving medication to moms and their babies affected by HIV/AIDS. Coca-Cola will match every dollar up to $2 million.  The more money you donate, the more chances you get to win.

Five winners will be chosen. The grand prize includes round-trip flights to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations.

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Friday
Oct132017

Strong words & a strong resolve to carry on: Jason Aldean delivers cathartic Tulsa concert, his first since Las Vegas

Jason Aldean performs in Tulsa, OK; ABC News RadioAs Jason Aldean took the stage Thursday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it could’ve been any other night on his They Don’t Know trek -- until he sang his third song.

His impressive video intro rolled, and Aldean burst onstage to start the show with his current single that’s both the name of the tour and the title of his latest record. “They Don’t Know” led into “The Only Way I Know,” which segued into “Johnny Cash.”  And then Jason took nearly five minutes to talk about what was on most everyone’ s mind: the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas nearly two weeks ago.  Jason was on stage performing when the worst mass shooting in American history began.

The Georgia native admitted he’d struggled since to figure out how to approach this show. 

“Every day that goes by, we think about the 58 people that lost their lives,” Jason told the crowd. “I don't really count that a****** that was doing the shooting for 59, I count the 58,” he added, as the crowd roared approval.

“… Our thoughts and prayers are with them and their family,” Jason went on, “and everybody else who was injured in that thing and everybody who just was there, because even though people may not have physical scars, it's gonna be a mental thing for a lot of people for a long time.”

There were more strong words to come from Jason, as he voiced his outrage over the violence that seems to threaten American life as we know it.

“These people are gonna continue to try and hold us down and continue to try to do things to us that are gonna make us live in fear and be scared, and not go out and do what it is we want to do, whether it's go to a concert or go to a ballgame or go to the mall or go to a movie," he said.  "And to those people that keep trying to do that, I say f*** you, we don't really care!”

“I want this to not be something that's gonna be a downer for the rest of the night…” he concluded. “I want to play the show for you guys that the people in Las Vegas came to see and didn't get a chance to, all right?”

From there, Jason stayed true to his word, delivering a barrage of close to twenty hits and favorites before his next mention of Las Vegas again. But this time, it was if he realized he’d cleared a hurdle, having almost made it through his first concert since the shooting.  He confessed it had been a struggle to physically stage the show, since most of his equipment is still part of a crime scene.

“I just want to say thank you guys, because you guys have helped us a ton tonight,” Jason declared. “You guys have helped us take the next step toward doing what we need to do: get out and play music and do what we do every night. And you guys have been a big reason for that tonight, so thank ya'll so much for being here.”

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Thursday
Oct122017

Billy Joel set for "Miami 2018" on New Year's Eve 

Myrna SuarezOne of Billy Joel's classic songs is "Miami 2017," and last December 31, he rang in 2017 just 30 miles away from Miami, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.  He's going to continue that tradition this year.

Billy has announced a December 31 show at the BB&T Center, starting at 9:30 p.m., so he can be sure to be on stage for the big countdown.  This is actually the third consecutive year that Billy will be spending New Year's Eve performing at this particular venue in Florida.

American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for the concert starting Monday, October 16 at 10 a.m. ET.  The general public can get in on the act October 20 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.com.

Between now and then, Billy's got a few other dates scheduled, including three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden as part of his ongoing residency. 

Here are all of Billy Joel's upcoming 2017 concerts:

10/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/03 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/18 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
11/29 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
12/08 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
12/20 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
12/31 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center

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Thursday
Oct122017

"Despacito" hits four billion views on YouTube

ABC/ Heidi Gutman"Despacito" may no longer be on top of the Billboard Hot 100, but people are still watching the video like crazy.  The clip for the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song has become the first video in YouTube history to reach four billion views.

The "Despacito" clip was also the first YouTube video ever to reach three billion views, which it did in just 203 days.  The four billion mark was achieved in 270 days. By comparison, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" just hit ONE billion views, and it took her more than five years to achieve that number.

"Despacito" averages over 14 million daily views, and is currently the most-viewed video of the year in more than 45 countries, from Mexico to Greece.

The "Despacito" clip was filmed in the La Perla neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and sadly, the area has now been almost completely destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

On Thursday, "Despacito" received three American Music Award nominations, including one for Video of the Year.

 

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Thursday
Oct122017

Report: NeNe Leakes dropped from Xscape Tour after rape joke 

Xscape; DeWayne Rogers/Monami EntertainmentAfter promoting the fact that she would be hosting the upcoming Xscape reunion tour, NeNe Leakes has reportedly been dropped from the gig after she lashed out at an attendee at one of her stand-up shows, saying she hoped they were raped by their Uber driver.

NeNe has since apologized for her comments on Instagram, but unfortunately, they were apparently too much for the 90s girl group.

In a statement sent to TMZ, Xscape says that, "as supporters of all women," they had to do what's best and drop the reality star.

“Like many, we were dismayed by the recent remarks made by our talented colleague and friend Nene Leakes," the statement read. 

"As a result, we have decided to no longer proceed with her participation on our tour."

The statement continues: "As strong supporters of all women, we know this decision is what is best. Our hearts go out to all female victims and we stand with you!" 

"This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends."

The statement concludes, "As always, we are grateful for the love and support and we look forward to seeing all of you at The Great Xscape tour."

Leakes has yet to respond to the report, though the Great Xscape tour promo on her Instagram has since been removed. 

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